Magazine article Variety

Frisky Fashion Forecast

Magazine article Variety

Frisky Fashion Forecast

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From fringe, to long sleeves, to striking textures and colors, this season's runway trends point to riskier looks on the red carpet

The 2016 Emmy red carpet was a rainbow of primary colors: firsttime winner Sarah Paulson glistened in an embroidered emerald Prada dress; Priyanka Chopra took to twirling in her red one-shouldered Jason Wu gown; and Taraji P. Henson caught eyes in an electric-yellow Vera Wang number. Other leading ladies, from Tracee Ellis Ross to Keri Russell, kept it classic in white, and a pregnant Kerry Washington had a moment in a black Brandon Maxwell dress with cutouts, another of the night's themes. How will some of this year's riskier styles impact red carpet choices? Here, top celebrity stylists weigh in on which runway trends will translate into epic Emmy photo ops.


"This glittery trend has been on the runways from Oscar de la Renta to Chanel," says Micaela Erlanger, who dresses Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, Michelle Dockery, and "Five Came Back's" narrator nominee Meryl Streep. "Last year I think we saw a lot of white and red on the carpet. This year we'll see more print and sparkle." Nicky Yates, who styles "The Crown's" lead actress nominee Claire Foy and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" star Rose Byrne, says the sequins featured on fall runways by Saint Laurent, Christopher Kane, Gucci and Erdem will inspire looks, as well. "It's old-school glamour and glitz but done in a fresh, playful way," says Yates. "I love the way sparkling details make a dress shimmer under the lights on the red carpet. It can look magical."


Erin Walsh, who works with red carpet showstoppers Kerry Washington, Sarah Jessica Parker, and "Westworld's" supporting actress nominee Thandie Newton, is looking forward to seeing some interesting materials and hues. "I think you might see more odd colors and textures," says Walsh. "Think chartreuse and citron, and mustard and olive, and then maybe velvets and sequins mixed in." Tara Swennen, who has styled "Modern Family's" Julie Bowen for many Emmy ceremonies, also anticipates a less-conventional color palette. "We'll see darker colors this fall: blacks, navys, deep reds," she says. "Bright hues will definitely show up but in more modern sleek ways, rather than soft and romantic [ones]. …

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